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top states for business list:

  1. Utah
  2. Virginia
  3. North Dakota
  4. North Carolina
  5. Colorado
  6. Nebraska
  7. Texas
  8. Georgia
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Iowa

Pro-business means more jobs and for the millions of unemployed Americans, this list now holds a new meaning for the average Joe.

Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, under pressure from the media blitz surrounding Benghazi , has pulled out of the race for U.S. Secretary of State. This is a prime example of why communications is an important skill set necessary for all professional levels.

North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket carrying a satellite into orbit around the Earth on Wednesday. There is dispute between the U.S. and South Korea if the satellite is “in control.” However, the major concern remains how much missile capability does North Korea possess.

Fiscal Cliff talks remain at a stalemate, but at least the lines of communications remain open and the discussion frank. The U.S. is only three weeks away from falling off of the proverbial terrain of your choosing. The inability for Washington to make a decision not only erodes the public faith but dismantles the country’s global standing. During a time of economic recession when every lawmakers number one platform is job creation, one would think more legislators would want to show bipartisanship to create an economic roadmap for our nation.

Only 15 states have opted into Obama’s Health care Exchange.  This leaves the Feds with the daunting task of creating and operating health insurance pools for  two-thirds of the country. Is this another Republican move to reveal Obama’s weakness? Will the administration be up to the task? We’ll all know by Oct. 1, the set date for the online insurance marketplace to open to the public.

23 states that have opted out — N.J., S.C., La., Wis., Ohio, Maine, Ala., Alaska, Ariz., Ga., Pa., Kan., Neb., N.H., N.D., Okla., S.D., Tenn., Texas, Wyo.. Mont., Ind. and Mo.

1 State Waiting for the White House — Utah has a state exchange set up and is requesting the administration to approve it as a state health care exchange under Obamacare.

19 State-Based Exchanges – Calif., Colo., Conn., Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Ky., Md., Mass., Minn., Miss., Nev., N.M., N.Y., Ore., R.I., Vt. and Wash.

6 States partnering with the Federal government to make a fed-state health care exchange — Ark, Del., Ill., Mich., N.C. and W.Va.

2 Undecided — Va. and Fla.

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